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The Manchester-born ensemble Distractfold specialises in performing instrumental, electro-acoustic and mixed chamber music of the 21st century. In 2014 Distractfold became the first ever UK ensemble to be awarded the Kranichstein Prize for Interpretation at the 47th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt. In 2016 it returned to Darmstadt, presenting two programmes of music at the Centralstation and curating a CD featuring remixes and reworkings of the festival’s 70-year archives.
The ensemble’s past seasons include concerts at KLANG Festival in Copenhagen, NeoArte New Music Festival in Gdańsk, Outer Ear Series at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago and the Kammer Klang concert series at Cafe Oto, London. The group has been in residence at the University of Huddersfield and Brunel University in London and is ensemble in residence of the Architectural Association Interprofessional Studio. In 2016 Distractfold was invited to be a resident ensemble for the Harvard Group for New Music, and will return to the US in 2017 for a residence at Stanford University.